New Saturn VUE Offers 'Greener' Ride

The most notable changes in the Saturn Vue lie not in the exterior, but underneath the hood: the vehicle balances standard engine technology with electric assist to create an affordable and viable hybrid.

Published: 13-Jan-2007

GM has introduced the 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid, an affordable fuel-efficient SUV. It is the first in a line of fuel-efficient vehicles to be sold under the “Green Line” banner and heralds a new more affordable hybrid system.

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